The Chicago Bears promoted rookie quarterback David Fales from the practice squad on Saturday, but according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the New England Patriots had interest in doing the same.
The 6-foot-1, 228-pound Fales was seen as a fit for a West Coast offense due his quick release and short-to-intermediate accuracy during the pre-draft process. The Patriots drafted an Eastern Illinois quarterback with a similar skill set in Jimmy Garoppolo during the second round, while Fales was selected by Chicago during the sixth round.
May’s 183rd overall pick set 25 records over two seasons at San Jose State, where finished his collegiate career after stops at Monterey Peninsula Community College and the University of Nevada. The 24-year-old became the only Spartans quarterback to post two seasons with over 4,000 passing yards, doing so in both 2012 and 2013, while completing 68 percent of passes for 66 touchdowns and 22 interceptions.
Fales played in two games for the Bears during the 2014 preseason, going 18-of-31 passing for 214 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Fales was waived by Chicago on Sept. 12 and re-signed to the practice squad two days later. And while the Patriots had since then to add the rookie to the quarterback position occupied by Tom Brady and Garoppolo, it may have been a case where the team felt the depth was in good standing now in December.
But with Bears linebacker Darryl Sharpton placed on injured reserve heading into the final stretch of a 5-8 season, Fales now finds himself on the Chicago’s 53-man roster along with quarterbacks Jay Cutler and Jimmy Clausen.